Based on the Chevrolet Bolt, Opel reveals its Ampera-e

Scale is everything in the automotive world. The more you can produce and sell, the cheaper it gets to produce (not necessarily to sell). This is what explains that the new Chevrolet Bolt has already received its Opel treatment, basically a badge engineering and a more lively colour. This is the new Ampera-e, presented by GM CEO, Mary Barra, and Opel CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, at the CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany.

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Although pictures of the car have been shown, and very fake ones, if we may say so, the new electric Opel has disclosed even less information than the Bolt has when it was presented at the 2016 CES. But we bet the ones Bolt has released are just the same for the Ampera-e, apart from the prices, which will vary in Europe according to electric car incentives in each country.

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The Ampera-e will surely have a fast charging time of 60 minutes for a 80% charge and of 90 minutes for a 100% fast charge. It will be a five-seater, just like Bolt is, as we have predicted when we first showed you the final appearance of the car, last month. Its trunk will offer 481 l of cargo space. Its battery pack is placed on the floorpan, just like Faraday Future and VW said they were going to do with their new electric vehicles. One of the strategies to engage drivers to Bolt is to promote gamification with other Bolt drivers in order to see who gets more mileage out of it. The Ampera-e will probably follow the same strategy.

Let’s hope Opel reveals more technical information about the Ampera-e at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, where the car should be shown to customers.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.